Rick Frank is the President and founder of Dufferin Research Inc. He received a Master’s Degree from the University of Toronto and has been employed in the Market Research industry for 20 years. A early advocate for internet data collection on the Linux platform, he started Dufferin Research in 2000 from a small operation in Dufferin County, Ontario moving to it's current location in Ottawa in 2002.
In 2011 he started a sister company in Novi Sad, Serbia to enable smoother European operations.
His current research interests include climate and environmental topics, the evolution of social media, travel and tourism, as well a technical issues related to doing business securely and effectively in a totally connected environment.
Rick has been an environmental activist since the mid 1980's when he designed and built an R2000 home, researched materials, energy sources, recycling and sustainable land use. He has planted many thousands of trees. As well he sat on a regional waste management board planning for a new landfill site (never approved) for a year during this time.
Rick has been very active on social media platforms since 2007, and consults companies and individuals on the performativity of the individual in the social media space.
Rick has traveled extensively (25 countries) and recently lived for a couple of years in Europe exploring the cultural differences in life styles, food, and work place norms. He would be happy to discuss this over beer or coffee anytime.
And finally he tries to keep up-to-date on internet security issues, and hacks away on his own network to improve processes and secure data.